- To Jake Melvin, a seventh-grader at Traverse City West Middle School who is battling a rare form of cancer with the help of parents Steve and Linda Melvin, friends, classmates and school employees who are providing moral support and financial help to defray costs of travel and treatment at DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. As of last week, about $3,400 had been raised by a bake sale, candy sales at ball games, a Jog for Jake and a "Jake-A-Palooza" spaghetti dinner organized by students and staff at Long Lake Elementary School, where Linda teaches and Jake was a student.
- To Addiction Treatment Services for resuming Phoenix Hall, a short-term, residential treatment program for women in Traverse City. The re-opening allows ATS to serve more women and also provide therapy geared to their recovery. In 2011, ATS served 346 people, including 98 women, in its program. Ninety percent came from Grand Traverse, Antrim and Leelanau counties.
- To local YMCA philanthropist Robert Foster of Frankfort, who died in a boating accident near Kenora, Ontario, while fishing June 2 along the rocky coast of Lake of the Woods, a large inland lake bordering northern Minnesota. Foster, 71, was president and CEO of West Michigan Bank & Trust from 1987 to 2006 when he retired. He and his wife, Phyllis, anonymously pledged $2 million for the new Grand Traverse Bay YMCA if the community could raise $4 million by the end of 2011. The YMCA announced in January that it had met its $17 million goal to build a center on Silver Lake Road in Garfield Township.
- To the late Matthew Hazelwood, who conducted the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra from 1993 to 2008. He died at age 57 last week in Bogota, Columbia, where he was artistic director of a youth orchestra that is part of the arts education program for nearly 50,000 young musicians in over 135 centers across the country. Hazelwood also was music director and conductor of the professional Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in Petoskey that draws musicians from all over northern Michigan.
- To the region's thousands of high school graduates. Congratulations.
- To Don Cunkle for the June 2 Recycle-A-Bicycle. The second annual sale of about 160 used bicycles brought in about $16,000 for Recycle-A-Bicycle. Sellers get 75 percent of the sale and Recycle-A-Bicycle receives 25 percent. Cunkle founded and is volunteer coordinator of the swap and program, which operates under the umbrella of TART Trails. Recycle-A-Bicycle also has collected, repaired and distributed more than 660 bicycles to the homeless and needy throughout the community since 2007.
Letters to the Editor: 12/11/2013
From bad to worse; Never apologized.Continued ...
Another View: IRS seeks tougher rules for advocacy groups
Americans have a fundamental First Amendment right to espouse and advocate their political views. But do they have a right to expect others to subsidize those views?Continued ...
Another View: When Big Bad Wolf isn't a wolf at all
The story was untrue, fabricated and misleading — much like the fairy tale. Unfortunately, the Big Bad Wolf in this story isn’t a wolf at all.Continued ...
Editorial: Ending must-revive mandate shows respect for living
The issue: Michigan lifts must-resuscitate mandate for nursing homes. Our view: Honoring end-of-life decisions a sign of respect.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/10/2013
Clean own house; Concern over ACA.Continued ...
Neal Ronquist: Fixing flaws, remembering what's important
The publishing world continually offers unique twists and turns, whether one produces a daily newspaper, a magazine or a church bulletin.Continued ...
- Monday, December 9, 2013
To the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor for stepping forward to offer free open-heart surgery for Nguyen Duyen, a Vietnamese exchange student.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/09/2013
From three to four?; Should be thanked.Continued ...
- Sunday, December 8, 2013
Editorial: Outside smoking exposes workers to danger
They’re back, and with the same, tired arguments that didn’t work more than three years ago — and likely won’t work again.Continued ...
Editorial: Demand a say on abortion bill
There is no more personal decision for a woman to make than whether to have an abortion. But now, anti-abortion activists want state government to intervene in that decision by forcing women to buy additional health insurance to pay for one.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/08/2013
Stop fracking now; Disregard for women.Continued ...
Forum: Contrasting care for mentally disabled
Recently the Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority celebrated its 10th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: What can we do with kids who kill?
So what can we do with kids who kill? Technically, in Michigan, it has been possible since 1997 to have a person of any age — even an infant — charged, tried and sentenced as an adult. It has also been legal to sentence minors who murder to life without the possibility of parole.Continued ...
George Weeks: Michigan ties of Nelson Mandela
Global icon Nelson Mandela, the 1994-97 South Africa president whose death last week had worldwide coverage seldom seen, had Michigan ties.Continued ...
- Saturday, December 7, 2013
Letters to the Editor: 12/07/2013
Where are the blowers?; Things will happen.Continued ...
Another View: State blows aid for monitoring water quality
Public dollars are hard to come by. These days, that’s a given.Continued ...
Fact Check: The 10 falsehood of the year finalists
PolitiFact will soon announce our Lie of the Year - the most significant falsehood of 2013, as chosen by our editors and reporters. Here are our 10 finalists.Continued ...
Fact Check: Jeb Bush says Obama closing embassy to Vatican
‘Tis the season to make claims about holy matters. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is Catholic, tweeted on the day before Thanksgiving, “Why would our president close the embassy to the Vatican? Hopefully, it is not retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare.”Continued ...
- Friday, December 6, 2013
Editorial: TC obligated to recognize Indian villages at Clinch
The issue: Historic markers at Clinch ignore Anishinaabek people. Our view: Get it right.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/06/2013
Doesn’t make sense; Victims were helpless.Continued ...
Another View: Legislators play it safe with amendment
Adding an amendment to a 25-year-old law that prohibits firearms that could evade a metal detector should not become a national debate.Continued ...
- Thursday, December 5, 2013
Editorial: Rich helped TCAPS reach needed goals
The issue: Marjorie Rich leaving TCAPS board. Our view: She and others have given the district needed leadership.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 12/05/2013
Substandard policy; Improper use of Vasa.Continued ...
Phil Power: Clean up state's dark money mess
Three weeks ago, before the political life of Michigan got interrupted for important things (Thanksgiving, turkey, football) we were treated to a bombshell from Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.Continued ...
Another View: Filibuster block strategy has benefits
The recent Senate vote to limit the ability of the minority to block presidential appointments was a welcome move, not least because it enhances accountability.Continued ...
- Letters to the Editor: 12/11/2013